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post #226 of 939

For me the USB input sound different then the optical, I can't explain it. but I use USB for every thing else and optical in when I gaming. I do have the TCXO Upgrade installed while using OS 4 Filter 1 , as Filter 2 has too much in the highs.

post #227 of 939
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Originally Posted by Steve-o27 View Post
 

That's good to know, thank you. Are there any noticeable differences between using USB and SPDIF, considering that both are digital and have a decent quality cable connected to the PC?

I bought a $15 optical cable, and not only did it sound audibly more transparent to me than the USB, but it got rid of all the annoying issues USB was giving me (stuttering issues and the general annoyances of using drivers etc). This surprised me as I didn't expect any differences.

post #228 of 939
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I've recently switched platforms and my new motherboard no longer has a PCI slot so I had to ditch the Xonar ST. :( I've been looking into a couple of USB DACs in the meantime and I've settled with this one, the Audio-GD NFB 15.32 with the TXCO upgrade, I've read good things about it, it seems a nice deal for $250 and everybody seems to like it. I have a rather simple question for those who have the DAC: Can I get sound through USB to the DAC no matter if I'm gaming or listening to music with foobar? I know I could manually switch between listening to music on USB vs. having data sent through SPDIF with my motherboard's output but it would be kind of nice to have only one cable running from my PC to my DAC, preferably USB. Is this possible? I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate x64, by the way. :) Thanks in advance.

A USB connection will bypass the sound card (on-board or add-on), but you can send music, listen to movies (in stereo) and gaming audio (in stereo), thru the USB, but it will be in 2-channel stereo audio, so no headphone surround sound.

Where as S/PDIF (optical & coaxial) can work with the sound card (on-board or add-on), so you can take advantage of headphone surround sound.

Personally I just use optical for everything, with the 15.32.

post #229 of 939

I see... Personally I game quite a bit on my computer but I don't use any dolby headphone gimmick even when using my HD555s. Even when I had the ST I was using it in it's "purest" mode possible, with all of it's "sound enhancing" features turned off. I found out that using it so I could spacially position enemies more accurately and it also sounded better to my ears. Anyway, thank you every one for your fast and detailed responses, they did clear up my knowledge about the NFB 15.32. Once I get it I will probably A & B the different inputs and settle on one that's easy to use and doesn't give me a headache every 30 seconds because of flawed drivers. Can't wait to see the 15.32 back in stock.

post #230 of 939

Just got a second hand one to power my LCD-X's.. Now I know you can do better for my phones, but this does a great job for the measly sum I paid.

 

One question though, the OS switch and filters do bugger all for the sound.. is this supposed to be a really subtle change, or am I going deaf, and there's a massive difference, and should stop paying silly money for headphones?!

post #231 of 939

I'm certain that the only changes that I think I can hear with the switches are placebo that would not stand up at all to a blind ABX style test. In short; "I don't hear s***, Cap'n!"

post #232 of 939
Thank god for that.. I'm pressing the buttons, and not much is happening!!!
post #233 of 939

It's not placebo to me even with the TCXO upgrade, it just only a few of the settings i can tell from mainly, OS4 Filter 1/2, OS 8 Filter 1, the rest I can't.  But I can clear tell between those 3 settings and the stock 2/3 setting,  OS 8 Filter 1 makes the Highs way too bright and detailed for me which one of the things I remembered from not liking it,There where others but the too much brightness is what stuck out because it hurt-ed my ear and bothered my left ear do to tinnitus and also the bass was too much, OS4 Filter 2 was almost perfect but had a tad too much brightness in the highs but it was transparent and natural and the bass was tight. Wheres OS4 Filter 1 is perfect for me as compared to the stock 2/3 and 4/2, it Total Natural while still being Transparent with the same tight base but with smooth detail high's and i notice the sound stage was better then both OS4/Filter 2 and stock. Where the stock 2/3 is Warmest.  The other OS and Filter settings didn't sound any diff to me like they didn't work,but these did. I not about to close my eyes and try to switch the settings around, I go by my ears and I can easily tell when something changed or is off and I know what I heard and didn't hear and i know it wasn't a placebo. I can't stand OS 8 Filter 1 and I don't like the Stock OS 2 Filter 3 setting.


Edited by genclaymore - 2/19/14 at 9:29am
post #234 of 939
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Originally Posted by genclaymore View Post
 

It's not placebo to me even with the TCXO upgrade, it just only a few of the settings i can tell from mainly, OS4 Filter 1/2, OS 8 Filter 1, the rest I can't.  But I can clear tell between those 3 settings and the stock 2/3 setting,  OS 8 Filter 1 makes the Highs way too bright and detailed for me which one of the things I remembered from not liking it,There where others but the too much brightness is what stuck out because it hurt-ed my ear and bothered my left ear do to tinnitus and also the bass was too much, OS4 Filter 2 was almost perfect but had a tad too much brightness in the highs but it was transparent and natural and the bass was tight. Wheres OS4 Filter 1 is perfect for me as compared to the stock 2/3 and 4/2, it Total Natural while still being Transparent with the same tight base but with smooth detail high's and i notice the sound stage was better then both OS4/Filter 2 and stock. Where the stock 2/3 is Warmest.  The other OS and Filter settings didn't sound any diff to me like they didn't work,but these did. I not about to close my eyes and try to switch the settings around, I go by my ears and I can easily tell when something changed or is off and I know what I heard and didn't hear and i know it wasn't a placebo. I can't stand OS 8 Filter 1 and I don't like the Stock OS 2 Filter 3 setting.

Ok, I've stuck it on your favoured settings, will listen to that for a week, then I'll change it about, if my brain has accustomed to those settings, it should stand out if there's a notable difference.. ie. I should fatigue fast.. I'll report then. Regardless, it's a cracking buy, particularly second hand:)

post #235 of 939

Hello all,

 

I'm interested in purchasing this (once they are back in stock), but was wondering if anyone has paired this dac/amp with the HE-400s?  I'm still in the process of reading through this thread so I apologize if it's already been asked.

 

This dac/amp combo interests me because I can use the optical-in port with my soundcard to achieve the surround sound capabilities in games, but I still want to make sure this setup will sound great with music and want to make sure I'm getting something that pairs well with my headphones.

post #236 of 939
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Originally Posted by sicbud View Post
 

Hello all,

 

I'm interested in purchasing this (once they are back in stock), but was wondering if anyone has paired this dac/amp with the HE-400s?  I'm still in the process of reading through this thread so I apologize if it's already been asked.

 

This dac/amp combo interests me because I can use the optical-in port with my soundcard to achieve the surround sound capabilities in games, but I still want to make sure this setup will sound great with music and want to make sure I'm getting something that pairs well with my headphones.

 

My NFB-15.32 seems to drive all my headphones just fine.

post #237 of 939

Anyone used this cool piece of kit with a pair of HD600s?

 

Looking for an upgrade over 02 Amp + D2X dac.

 

I know a couple of dudes on here who have, just wanting more info.

 

Cheers

post #238 of 939

would this amp serve me well paired up with denon Ah 7100, ath m50s, senn hd650, and westone w40's. i listen to 95% metal. need good impactfull punch bass. want to hear solid kick drum

post #239 of 939
Yes


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post #240 of 939

Months ago I tried updating the firmware in my NFB-15.32, not sure if it worked or not.

Is there anyway to be able to check the version number of the firmware?

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